2017 Awards Banquet

On Saturday, February 18th, the members of the Washington Fire Co. #1 of Mechanicsburg, as well as invited guests from surrounding departments and special invited guests, gathered for the 159th Annual Awards Banquet held at the Mechanicsburg Club.  The program consisted of a meal, followed by a speaker, and then the annual Company awards were presented.  A DJ completed the evening w/ music and dancing.  A special shout-out to the members of the Hampden Twp. Vol. Fire Company for providing additional coverage to our response areas.  More photos can be seen on our Facebook page at this link:  PHOTOS 

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Due to unforseen issues with our website, we had to restore it back to an earlier date and time.  We are actively working on getting the website updated again.  Please visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/washies28/

Thank you for your patience and understanding……..

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Thursday Late Evening Kitchen Fire

Around 1130 pm last night, the 1st alarm assignment was dispatched to the Shenadoah Apartments on East Allen Street for Smoke in the Building. Chief 28 arrived to find a kitchen fire out on the 2nd floor of the 3 story apartment building. The resident used a bucket of water to put out a grease fire on the stove that had minor extension to the wall. The apartment was charged with smoke to the knee level. Engine 128 (with 4) laid a supply line and also pulled a handline for precautionary reasons. Engine 127, Trucks 28 & 23, Rescues 28 & 28 arrived and assisted with manpower and ventilation. Engine 227 staged at the hydrant with Engine 223. Engine 137 also staged. The box was quickly reduced to the Borough Companies and Truck 23. Ambulance Co. 82 provided EMS services. Units cleared within an hour with Chief 8 in command. Company 28 had 16 personnel on scene.


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3 Calls for Wednesday including a Working Fire

Yesterday morning around 0045, Engine 128 was dispatched to assist Company 27 with a Pickup Truck fire in the 300 block of South Washington St. Chief 8 quickly held E127 and placed Company 28 inservice.

Just after 0430, the 1st Alarm Assignment was sent to the 1st block of West Simpson Street for a reported garage fire. Mechanicsburg PD arrived and confirmed a working garage fire. Engine 128 arrived second in and supplied E127. The fire was quickly knocked down. Company 28 members assisted with fire attack and overhaul. Crews were out just over an hour.

The PSP Fire Marshal is investigating both incidents.

Around 930 am, both departments were sent to the intersection of Main & York Streets for a reported MVA w/ possible entrapment. Rescue 27 & Rescue 28 arrived to find a very minor mva with negative entrapment and 1 person to be injured. Engine 228 also responded. Crews assisted with debris removal and cleared within 20 minutes.

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7/11 – 2 Calls for Thursday

7-11 – After a quiet week of no calls, Truck 28 was dispatched as part of the 1st Alarm assignment in Silver Spring Township for Smoke in the House. The Truck responded with 6 and staged on Side A. The crew assisted with packing 5 inch on E127 before returning.

Not long after crew returned from the truck call, Rescue 28 was dispatched to transfer to Lower Allen Station 2 (Company 12) while they operated on a 1+ alarm fire in the township. The Rescue transferred with 9 personnel and handled no calls during the 3 hour stay.

Rescue Transfer

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Early Morning Work in the 27 Box

Just after midnight and most of our members just got home from cleaning up from Jubilee Day, CC911 dropped the tones for a reported garage fire in the 400-blk of South York Street. Chief 8 (Seagrist) was advised of multiple calls and arrived with a working 2 story garage with fire showing. Engine 128 (with 7) arrived right behind Engine 127 (Citizens) and supplied the 5 inch supply line. The crew from Engine 128 pulled 2 handlines off Engine 127 and knocked majority of the fire down with the assistance of Company 27 personnel. Crews initially did an exterior attack due to the condition of the garage and for the amount of items being stored throughout. Truck 28 (with 2) and Rescue 28 (with 2) arrived and assisted with opening up the garage. Company 37 and WSEMS also assisted. Company 28 was on scene for about 2.5 hours with a total manpower of 19. The PSP Fire Marshal is investigating.

A special thank you to Engine 230 (Hampden Township) for transferring while we were committed.

Also, a special thank you to Eric Staub of Staub’s Photography for the photographs. We appreciate the work you are doing!

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A Successful Jubilee Day is in the books!!!!

Yesterday, the Washies had plenty of food fun and games available for the crowd of 60,000 people in attendance. As a place with seating for our patrons, we have never disappointed the people in our home cooking. By 8 pm, we sold out of food! In recent years past, we have been unable to do this. The big hitter this year was our Sno Kone & Cotton Candy stand! During the day, the line would hit 15-20 people deep just to wait. We appreciate the support from the community as this was our most SUCCESSFUL Jubilee Day ever for the Washies! We thank everyone who came out and supported us throughout the day. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Just after the “lunch rush'” ABC27’s Meteorologist Ryan Coyle stopped by the firehouse to check on the local food. The crew from ABC27 then videotapped our line workers, interviewed our Vice President Doug Hench and ultimately featured our Master Cook, President Ron Trace cooking our Chicken Corn Soup on kettles. Thank you to ABC27 for stopping by, we appreciate the coverage! You can check out the video here: http://www.abc27.com/video?clipId=9013324&autostart=true

A big thank you to all the members who put countless hours in for Jubilee Day. Jubilee Day for us is not just a one day event. It takes many days before and the days after to prepare, setup, clean and put away all the things we do for just one day. Again, thank you to all of our members and families for the time spent putting into this 1 day event!

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19 Years Ago today – Truck 8 assists with Fathers Day PennDOT Building Fire

Information Courtesy of Central PA Bravest:


On June 16, 1994 at 0607 the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire B-Platoon was awakened to Box 1-1, 800 Commonwealth Ave at the PennDOT building for an automatic fire alarm. First in units discovered a large area of the 6th floor to be heavily involved with fire. The incident quickly escalated to 5 alarms plus numerous special calls and was brought under control in 2 hours and 14 minutes.

The Harrisburg Bureau of Fire turned out 51 firefighters to the scene and the surrounding mutual aid companies turned out over 200 volunteer firefighters. Environmental Protection Services was special called to set up a mass decon after asbestos was discovered on the fire floor. This massive decon took several hours to decontaminate over 250 firefighters, their gear, equipment and SCBA.

Multiple Firefighters were also treated for heat stroke, exhaustion and other medical conditions due to the high humidity and tempratures being in the mid 90’s.

Local area EMS was also taxed due to this large scale incident.

The PennDOT building was later imploded on August 1st 1998 due to extensive damage on three floors of the building. Click the link for additional information and a short clip of the collapse http://reamstown.org/gn/pendot.htm

Chronology of the incident:

0607- Tower 1, Engine 6, Wagon 4, Squad 8 and Chief 8 dispatched for an AFA, LT 8 (Bair) on the interior eventually found heavy smoke and fire on the 6th floor and requested a 2nd alarm.

*** 0622- 2nd alarm Tower 2, Wagon 3 and Chiefs 1, 2 and 3 ***

Transfer, Engine 30-1 to City Station 2 (The Hill), Cumberland Truck 12 to City Station 1 (Uptown) and Truck 32 standing by at Station 32.

*** 0630- 3rd alarm Engines 30-1 and 37-2, Cumberland Trucks 12 and 32 and Cumberland Air 11 ***

Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Recalling five Firefighters and one Officer for manning of Engine 2 at City Station 2.

0631- Transfer, Cumberland Engine 115 and Truck 50 to City Station 1 and Engine 40, Truck 34 and Rescue 44 to City Station 2.

*** 0640- 4th alarm Engines 40 and Cumberland 115, Rescue 44, Trucks 34 and 50 ***

0643- Transfer, Engines 32 and 41, Trucks 46 and 57 (Middletown) to City Station 1, Engines 43 and 34 and Truck 456 to City Station 2.

Standby, Engine 31-1 at Station 31.

Standby, Truck 35 at Station 35.

0659- Special call, Engine 2 with Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Recall personnel to the scene and Rescue 40 to scene to supplement Engine 40.

0702- Transfer, Engine 69 (Duncannon) and Truck 48 to Station 32 and Lebanon Truck 1 to Station 34.

0707- Transfer, Engine 47-1 to Station 30.

0715- Chief 1 ordered incoming A Platoon to fireground.

0723- Special call, Engines 41 and 34, Truck 57 (Middletown) to the scene.

*** 0724- 5th alarm, Engines 32, 43, and 31-1, Trucks 46 and 456 ***

0729- Transfer, Rescue 56 to Station 44.

0732- Special call, Truck 35 to the scene.

0736- Transfer, Engine 50-1 and Cumberland Truck 8 to City Station 1 and Engine 33-2 to City Station 2.

0746- Special call, Air 35 to the scene.

0756- Transfer, Engine 55 to Station 34.

*** 0821- Fire under control by order of Chief 1***

0827- Special call, Special Unit 34 to scene for the 40″ PPV fan.

0836- Special call, EMS M 1-2 to scene.

0844- Standby, Cumberland Engine 16 @ Station 16.

0857- Engine 33-2 and HFD Chief 3 handle an AFA at 1301 N. 6th St, The Lick Bldg on the 6th floor and found unattended cooking.

0859- Special call, (by EMS) Tanker 37 to scene for folding tank so overheated personnel could cool off. Tanker 37 dropped their tank, filled it and returned to quarters.

0950- Transfer, Cumberland Engine 3-30 to Station 43.

0957- Engine 33-2, 50-1, Cumberland Truck 8 and Chief 7 handle another AFA at 1301 N. 6th St. The Lick Bldg.

1000 to 1030- B Platoon relieved at scene.

1201- Special call, Cumberland Engine 210 and Squad 14 to the scene.

1208- Special call, Cumberland Rescue 18 to the scene and transfer Cumberland Engine 36 to Cumberland Company 15 and Cumberland Engine 23 to Cumberland Company 14.

1223- Special call, Cumberland Squad 16 to scene.

1240- Transfer, Engine 37-2 to City Station 1.

1245- Special call, Cumberland Truck 8 to the scene and transfer Truck 57 (Middletown) from scene to City Station 1.

1305- Special call, Engine 50-1 and E33-2 to the scene.

Transfer Cumberland Engine 1-15 and Truck 34 from the scene to City Station 2.

1438- Special call, Rescue 59 and York Rescue 68 to the scene.

1607- All first alarm units released from the scene.

1634- Special call, Wagon 3 to the scene.

2041- Special call, Engines 6 and 2 with Captain 3 to scene for further ventilation.


COMMAND POST – Chief 1(Konkle) and Dauphin County Chief 32-2 (Gevers) located on Commonwealth Ave (in the street) at the Main Entrance to the PennDot Building.(Side 1)

STAGING-Chief 8(Reed) located on Forster St.(Side 4)

SAFETY-Chief 2(Berry) on Fifth Floor

INTERIOR-Captain 3(Hartman) on Fifth Floor

LOGISTICS-Chief 3(Kuntz) at Command Post

PIO-handled jointly by PennDot and Mayor Reed

VENTILATION-Lieutenant 10(Pelton)

Watch a a short video at

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Saturday, June 15th

9:00am – 2:00 pm

Bookspan Parking Lot

1225 S. Market St, Mechanicsburg

Life Lion Medical Helicopter @ 10:00am

Rascal from the Harrisburg Senators arrives @ 10:00am

Live Music from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Pickles the Clown, Sparky the Fire Dog & Smokey Bear


Hamburgers & Hot Dogs – Car Wash – Bake Sale

Apparatus Displays – Children’s Safety House

Car Seat Inspections – Other Emergency Services Displays

All proceeds to benefit 2013 Cumberland County Fireman’s Convention 

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Apartment Fire – Lower Allen

Last night around 2015 hours, Rescue 28 (with 7) was dispatched as part of the 1st alarm assignment to Bethany Village West for reported smoke inside. The first in units arrived with smoke showing and deployed an attack line. The rescue arrived and did a search in the apartment of orgin. Company 28 had 10 personnel on scene.


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